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A personal appeal from a Wikipedia editor

Raven

Ravan is a 26-year-old telecom engineer. Originally from Iraq, she now lives in Oman. Since she began editing in 2008, Ravan has created more than 700 new articles.

Today, there is a gap between the developing world and the developed world. It's not about money, and it's not about power. It's about knowledge.

If you follow the news, you know about the Arab Spring. For young people like me and my friends, it was the beginning of a new era. As momentous events happened, we were obsessed with the news, following up second by second. We were checking our phones, Facebook, Twitter.

And I was writing on Wikipedia. I love Wikipedia because it's impartial; it's the best source for up-to-date information from a neutral point of view. I looked at CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC, searching for the most reliable sources. Then I added updates in real time.

It's incredible. For the first time in history, everyone could know what was happening, as it happened. We could share the truth with people across the world.

A verse in the Quran says: God does not change the condition of the people until they change it themselves. This is my inspiration; this is why I keep working, day by day.

We want a world that is more open, more educated, and more free. We want a world where knowledge is available to anyone that seeks it.

It's time for us to change our world. Will you help?